When we first met local Philly burlesque babe and artist Nikki Malicious and her fiance Steve, they were making out in a metal washtub in front of a pink trailer,  surrounded by lawn flamingos.  It was a John Waters inspired photo shoot, and Nikki was such a great model: sultry, dark and edgy with a touch of classic pin up that when embarked on our journey exploring Holi Powder, we called on Nikki once again.

When Nikki and Steve got engaged, I was thrilled.  At that point we only had a wedding or two under our belts, and it’s quite possible that I begged her to let us shoot it.  They were everything we wanted to shoot when it came to weddings.  A beautiful burlesque dancer and her hockey playing, mechanic husband, not afraid to learn some pretty complex choreography for his bride.  A talented artist, every detail that went into Nikki’s wedding was made by her, from the bridemaids’ rainbow bouquets to her guest book.

Hunting Hill Mansion (or Ridley Mansion) at Ridley Creek State Park was the perfect venue.  A historic English Tudor style mansion built around a stone farmhouse from 1789, it includes a rich, wood ballroom, a grand marble staircase and a bridal suite flooded with natural light.  For Nikki’s theme, “Fall with a hint of Flyers”, bridesmaids and groomsmen wore vivid orange. The Goddess Isis broke her wedding officiant cherry at the top of an outdoor stone staircase and Steve’s face when he saw Nikki in her champagne lace dress was just about the best thing ever.  A delicious dinner by Diverse Catering accompanied by a seemingly unending supply of PBRs.   An array of mouthwatering cupcakes from Philly cupcake stole the show and DJ Nolz made it virtually impossible to get Nikki and Steve off the dance floor.


Belmont Mansion Wedding

Sparkler exit at Belmont Mansion in Philadelphia

Stephanie and Steve’s summer wedding at Belmont Mansion was one of those that you truly don’t forget.  For those of you who haven’t been to the Belmont Mansion, the view of Philly is spectacularly gorgeous.   The two had planned the perfect summer wedding which included an outdoor ceremony with their beloved dog, Hendrix, cocktail hour by famed Food Truck Pitruco’s Pizza, a real wood burning, brick oven pizza truck, and sparklers.  Lots and lots of giant sparklers.

The day started at Stephanie’s house, with the wedding dress handed down by both her grandmother and her mother, and carefully supervised by “best dog” Hendrix, as Paul went Philly wall hopping with the guys, getting some of the coolest groomsmen shots I’ve ever seen.  Stephanie took the summer downpour perfectly in stride, as we quickly moved the planned outdoor ceremony with her beautiful skyline under a tent, dodging puddles and driving rain.  Luckily the skies opened up after the ceremony for a beautiful photo walk around the mansion with the new bride and groom.

But we were determined to get Stephanie that epic skyline shot that she wanted, and the weather wasn’t going to stop us.  We got a stunning night time portrait of the two that is an all time classic.  We played with sparklers, ate amazing pizza and got to spend the day with two absolutely warm and wonderful families and a pack of close friends that clearly mean the world to them.  Thank you, Stephanie and Steve for letting us drop into your lives for a day.  It was amazing!

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